News advisory - Union members picket Petro-Canada to support locked out Montreal workers

    OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of Canada's largest energy
workers' union will picket select Petro-Canada gas stations across the country
tomorrow in support of locked-out workers at the company's Montreal refinery.
    The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has
declared February 29 a National Day of Action in support of 260 Petro-Canada
workers who were locked out by their employer last November.
    In Ottawa, an information picket line will go up Friday, February 29, at
8:00 a.m. at the Petro-Canada gas station at the corner of King Edward and
Rideau Streets.
    Though the company is making record profits, it has steadfastly refused
to negotiate with workers in Montreal, who are asking for the same settlement
that was negotiated with other plants across the country. The refinery is
being run by a skeleton staff of inadequately-trained managers who are working
extremely long hours without breaks, placing the safety of the surrounding
community at risk.

    The head of the main global trade union for oil workers throughout the
world will be joining the demonstrators. Manfred Warda, General Secretary of
the ICEM -- the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General
Workers' Union will be available for interviews.

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Walsh, CEP Communications Director,
(613) 230-5800, ext. 222

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